MAD Symposium


The MAD Symposium is the cornerstone of our organization. On a small island in Copenhagen’s harbor, we assemble the brilliant, influential figures from the cooking world and other disciplines together with a curious, engaged audience. During two inspiring days of talks, demonstrations, group discussions, and shared meals, attendees discuss the things that matter most in food: sustainable agriculture, social entrepreneurship, science, health, and creativity. Audience members stand shoulder to shoulder with luminaries like René Redzepi, David Chang, Madhur Jaffrey, and Ferran Adrìa, working together to come up with ways to make food better.Following MAD5, participants reported that they came away with a sense of inspiration and community, practical ideas to implement in their restaurant or workplace, new confidence and networks, and new jobs and opportunities. Our next symposium, MAD6, will be held in August 2018. 

We are very grateful to a number of generous donors, without whom MAD5 would not have been possible. Our sincere gratitude goes to:

Lars Seier Christensen

The Food Organization of Denmark

Københavns Kommune

The Norwegian Seafood Council



About MAD

MAD (taken from the Danish word for “food”) is a nonprofit organization that brings together a global cooking community with a social conscience, a sense of curiosity, and an appetite for change.